updated 1/4/2008 5:49:08 PM ET 2008-01-04T22:49:08

Two cough drops and six aspirin.

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That's what two cleaning women survived on during two days trapped in an elevator in suburban Chicago.

The mother and daughter got stuck in the elevator on Dec. 22. They didn't have a cell phone and the building wasn't supposed to open until after Christmas. No one responded to an emergency alarm and the women couldn't pry open the doors.

They slept on their coats and used one corner of the elevator as a bathroom until Christmas Eve, when an employee of the building happened to come in to work. He heard the women and called for a rescue crew.

The younger woman says the moral of the story is simple: "Always take your cell phone with you."

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